Outright Libertarians are proud to welcome Outright Utah as our 13th state chapter.
Outright Utah is the most recent addition to Outright Libertarians, the LGBT caucus group within the Libertarian Party, and joins Arizona, Michigan, Florida, and Arkansas as the 5th new chapter this year.
Based in Salt Lake City, the group is being organized by former Log Cabin Republicans and is extremely enthusiastic about the potential for success. Utah's conservative population and a high density of LGBT voters means there is a huge opportunity for winning converts to the philosophy of liberty.
The Libertarian Party is experiencing a surge in growth as voters become increasingly mistrustful of the mainstream War Parties. Outright Libertarians has responded to the need by seeking to expand its influence through state chapters.
Like the other state chapters, Outright Utah will confront legislative and social issues at the state and city level, while Outright Libertarians as a nationwide organization remains focused on federal issues.
Please contact Outright Libertarians for further details.
May 11, 2013 @ 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern
Alex Jones went on a bizarre transphobic rant today, stunning listeners with an astonishing display of ignorance. Judging the entire community by a single experience he had with somebody he actually had no conflict with, he built on his "juice box theory" by claiming that the gay liberation movement would cause "vomiting and crapping all over the walls" by trans-folk.
Totally oblivious to the fact that some who identify as truthers also identify as LGBT, he completely failed to apply compassion to an individual who - by his own standards - would otherwise be seen as a victim of the drug war and chemical warfare (LOL, just LOL!!).
He then commits an even greater error in reasoning by extending his perception of that individual to an entire segment of the population, with a breathtaking degree of crudeness. There isn't much more to be said than that, except that if you're in the mood for either a good laugh or fodder to stoke your outrage, look no further than the audio available here.
We might encourage you to call in to his radio show and/or swarm his website with commentary, but that would require actually viewing his work, which has deteriorated so much in quality (if you ever thought it was good in the first place) that it's not even worth the trouble.
A collective "FUCK YOU" goes out from Outright... that is all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via BradleyManning.org
Recently, it was announced that PFC Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration. We felt this decision was a bold and uplifting choice, bestowing a great May honor on a young whistleblower being persecuted for following his conscience.
Much to our disappointment, two days later SF Pride board president Lisa Williams issued a separate announcement that the SF Pride board would not be honoring PFC Manning as a grand marshal after all. It appears the SF pride board’s reversal was affected by criticism from a recently formed gay military rights group.
We want the world to know that the SF Pride board’s decision is not reflective of the LGBTQ community as a whole, and that many of us proudly celebrate PFC Manning as a member of our community. Unfortunately, the statements by Williams, and the group which originally advocated against PFC Manning as grand marshal, continue to perpetuate certain factual inaccuracies with regards to the military prosecution against him.
The first inaccuracy would be that PFC Manning did not advocate for gay rights. In fact, while serving in the military, PFC Manning experienced harassment and physical assault because of his perceived sexuality. He responded by marching against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the DC pride parade, where he spoke to reporters about his position, in addition to attending a fundraiser with Gavin Newsom and the Stonewall Democrats so he could discuss the issue of homophobia in the military. He told a friend in February of 2009 that his experience living under DADT and experiencing the oppression that entailed helped increase his interest in politics more generally.
LGBTQ activists fought hard for years to win the right to live free from the fear that we could be targeted with violence deemed acceptable to society at large, simply for being who we are. We members of the LGBTQ community would like to stand in solidarity with others around the world who still must live in fear of violence and oppression, simply for being born into a particular group.
Contrary to SF Pride Board president Lisa Williams’s claim, no evidence has been presented that PFC Manning’s actions endangered fellow soldiers or civilians. In fact, the military prosecution has successfully argued in court that it isn’t required to provide such evidence, and former State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley continues to insist that the “Aiding the enemy” charge is unwarranted.
In a February 28, 2013, court statement, PFC Manning detailed the due diligence he performed prior to releasing materials to ensure this lack of harm, in addition to explaining,
“I believed the detailed analysis of the [Iraq and Afghanistan war log] data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the affected environment every day.”
The truth is that President Bush and VP Cheney’s aggressive wars in the Middle East endangered far more LGBTQ service members and civilians than any Army whistle-blower. Unlike PFC Manning, however, they have never served prison time, and likely never will.
Millions of people around the world support Bradley for the personal risk he took in sharing realities of complicated U.S. foreign conflicts with the American people. He is the only gay U.S. serviceperson to be nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In joining the Army, soldiers take an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution, and we believe that by his actions PFC Manning strengthened our democracy, and fulfilled that oath to a greater degree than most enlisted.
We are proud to embrace PFC Bradley Manning as one of our icons, and intend to march for him in pride contingents across the country this year, as we have in years past. We think Bradley Manning sets a high standard for what a U.S. serviceperson, gay or straight, can be.
Organizations listed for identification purposes only
Lt. Dan Choi – 2009 SF Pride Celebrity Grand Marshal, anti-DADT activist
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